Stuff in the ‘Young Adult’ Category

13 November, 2015

Masciola

Carol MasciolaThe Yearbook is Carol Masciola’s first published novel. The idea for the book came to her while leafing through her grandmother’s 1924 Charleston (W.Va) High School annual. Carol grew up in Vermilion, Ohio, an historic town on the banks of Lake Erie, with four sisters and a lot of woods and fields and freedom to wander around and daydream. She graduated from nearby Oberlin College with a degree in liberal arts and moved to Southern California, where she worked as a newspaper reporter for twelve years, learning journalism on the job but feeling restless.

At the Orange County Register, she won the PEN/West Literary Award in Journalism for a weeklong serial about a 77-year-old old man trying to take care of a baby by himself. Shortly after, she left the paper to marry a foreign correspondent from Spain who was covering Central America for Reuters News Service.  Since January of 2000, she has lived in Guatemala, Colombia, Jordan, London, Turkey, Spain and now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. Carol began to write fiction after leaving journalism, first focusing on learning the screenwriting craft. She has completed six feature screenplays in genres from black comedy to Alpine ghost story.

Learn more about Carol and THE YEARBOOK on the web at www.theyearbook.com. Follow Carol on Twitter at @CarolMasciola and check out her Facebook page here.


3 November, 2015

Schorr

Melissa Schorr 2A native New Yorker, Melissa Robin Schorr grew up loving to read, write in her diaries, and dream of someday publishing books of her own.  After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, she studied journalism at Northwestern University to purse writing full-time for newspapers and magazines.

In the course of her journalism career, she stalked celebrities for People magazine, visited a nudist colonyIdentity Crisis for the Las Vegas Sun, and edited a matchmaking column for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. In 1996, she wrote an essay for GQ magazine titled “The Joy of Goys” about her propensity for dating non-Jewish men. That article got her the attention of a literary agent, and ultimately, a book deal with Hyperion to write her first young adult novel, “GOY CRAZY,” a romantic comedy about interfaith dating described as “droll and sharp,” by Kirkus Reviews.

Digging back into her childhood diaries, she contributed an essay on being bullied in middle school for the anthology “DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell their Stories.” She expands upon the topic in her upcoming book IDENTITY CRISIS (Merit Press, January 2016), this time, instead of delving into her own past, tackling the experience of modern-day cyberbullying in the high-tech age.

She currently lives outside Boston with her two daughters, her husband and her terrier, Bailey. Connect with her at her website melissaschorr.com, or her Facebook fan page, or on Twitter @MelissaSchorr.


2 November, 2015

Anastasiu

Heather Anastasiu Author Photo 4Heather Anastasiu is a young adult author. She grew up in the Texas Hill Country where she spent her own young adulthood as a church choir member, band geek, bookworm, and all around introvert. Now she writes books about teens who get into way more shenanigans than she ever did when she was their age 😉

Heather had a lot fun getting into the heads of teenagers who strayed outside the lines in her upcoming novel, Girl Last Seen, co-written with Anne Greenwood Brown (Albert Whitman & Co, March 2016). Girl Last Seen tells the story of a couple of teens slowly unraveling the twisted mystery of a girl gone missing, while each are hiding secrets of their own.

Heather wrote two points of view in the novel, Jude (one of the two investigating teenagers) and Kadence (the story of the girl who’s missing is told through found-footage left behind). Jude. Oh Jude. Let’s just say that when people are bullied, it leaves scars. Writing from the point of view of someone with those scars was intense and at times emotional, but also really satisfying. Kadence on the other hand, well, she’s got national attention on her music career, hundreds of thousands of twitter followers, and over a million views on YouTube—she’s the girl every girl wants to be and every guy wants to get with! What’s not to love about her life? Writing Kadence through video footage was extra interesting because it was the version of herself that she wanted to present to her followers (the found-footage were video blogs she never posted). Do they tell the true story of who Kadence was? Or not? Read and see…!

Heather’s previous novels, Glitch, Override, and Shutdown (St. Martin’s Press, 2012-13) are fast-paced action/thrillers set in a dystopian future where world peace is finally achieved, but at a terrible price—by enslaving most of the global population through emotion-deadening bionic hardware. They have been translated into six languages.

Heather also teaches writing courses at the Loft Literary Center and is in the middle of finishing her Master’s in Literature at Texas State University. The rest of her time is spent cuddling with her family, writing, reading, and dreaming about getting new tattoos.

You can find out more about Heather online at her website at www.heatheranastasiu.com, on Twitter @h_anastasiu, and on her Facebook page.


29 January, 2015

THE TWISTED LIFE by Anne Greenwood Brown and Heather Anastasiu

In The Twisted Life, YA authors Anne Greenwood Brown (Lies Beneath Trilogy, Delacorte) and Heather Anastasiu (The Glitch Trilogy, St. Martins) put their devious minds together to create a YA Suspense that’s part Mean Girls, part Gone Girl, and all Twisted.

Lauren DeSanto never cared about the fame. The same could not be said for her best friend and bandmate Cadence Mulligan, who spent all her time promoting their music on YouTube. Even when their videos went viral, all Lauren cared about was their lyrics and their friendship. But when an infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal cords and she could no longer sing, Cadence had no choice but to go solo.

Cadence’s star is rising. That is, until she goes missing after playing a small show at the local coffee shop where Lauren works. All eyes turn to Lauren and suspicion turns to accusations when blood evidence is found on Lauren’s work shirt and motive is found in a terrible fight between the two former friends over Cadence’s boyfriend.

And then there’s Jude Williams. He’s recently moved back to town with a vendetta against both girls for wrongs not long past. The problem is, as much as he tries to hate Lauren, he finds himself feeling sympathetic when the town and then the national media condemn her. After all, he knows what it’s like to be accused. It was Lauren’s false accusations that ruined his life.

As Lauren and Jude work together to reveal the twisted life of Cadence Mulligan, neither knows if the other is indeed searching for the truth, or playing an elaborate game to cover his or her own sins. They say you should keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. But it’s hard to know what to do when you don’t know which is which. (Albert Whitman/World rights/Spring 2016)

 


13 December, 2014

THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola

A young-adult debut novel about a troubled teenage girl who falls asleep in the school library and wakes up in the 1920’s. Just as she begins to shed her past and starts to believe she might have found a real home and true happiness (and love), she is snapped back to her hopeless present day where she’s on the run from police for truancy and theft. In short order, she’s locked away in a psychiatric hospital where the staff assumes she’s suffering from her mother’s illness and an ambitious, manipulative psychologist is eager to write a book about Lola’s “case”. Amid a snowy winter of imprisonment and medication, Lola is about to surrender to the belief that she really is insane when an unexpected encounter fills her with hope. Lola vows to use every juvenile-delinquent skill in her arsenal to escape from the hospital and cross back into the past by any means, at any cost.
The Yearbook will take readers on a fast-moving, suspenseful, coming-of-age journey to the Roaring Twenties that will keep them guessing — is it the boundaries of time Lola Lundy has crossed, or the boundaries of sanity? Sane or otherwise, Lola embodies questions about identity and belonging that pervade youth culture: Who do I really want to be? How do I go about finding the life, the love, the place, that’s meant for me?

18 July, 2013

Guest Post from Debut YA Novelist L. Tam Holland

We invited Lindsay Tam Holland, author of The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong, (July 2013 publication, Simon & Schuster)to share what inspired her first novel.  Please also check out her website, www.lindsaytamholland.com.

“I grew up in Hawaii,L.T. Holland a white kid in a predominantly Asian community. Most of my friends through high school were of mixed race. When I moved to California for college, I instinctively gravitated toward the group of Asian girls who lived in my dorm. It took me weeks to realize that they didn’t want to be friends with me. At all. They looked at me and saw a tall blonde girl, with loud water polo teammates, and assumed I had nothing in common with them. They were simultaneously intimidated by me – since they expected me to be loud and aggressive – and dismissive of me. Though the snub hurt, it also fascinated me. I realized that there was this huge gap between how I saw myself and how others expected me to be. My protagonist, Vee, who is half-Chinese, half-Caucasian, is going through a similar crisis, though I think high school nowadays is to9781442412644_p0_v3_s114x166ugher than anything I ever experienced. Walk through any cafeteria at lunchtime, and it’s obvious that ethnicity – or at least allegiance to a certain ethnicity – matters. It made sense to me to explore a character who’s searching for who he is by looking for what others expect him to be.  He doesn’t know whether he belongs in the honors classes with his Chinese friend Madison, or if he could date one of the blonde basketball girls, and his un-communicativeness with his parents further complicates his problems.

I wanted Vee’s relationship with his parents to be at the heart of his journey. Vee’s dad is similar to my own relationship with my father, who’s a supremely patient, gentle, and funny guy. As I got older, however, I realized it was sometimes hard to cut through the jokes to get to heartfelt matters. This desire to balance lightheartedness with genuine communication certainly influenced my development of Vee’s voice. Ironically, since I’ve started writing fiction, I’ve preferred a male voice. Women talk more (my husband will attest to this), and I like the tension that comes from what’s unsaid. Combine this gendered preference for emotional and verbal restraint with heaps of teen angst, and there’s a protagonist just waiting to combust, whatever his external triggers.

People like to ask, “Is Vee modeled on one of your students?” Absolutely not! And yet, I hope my students, and all teenagers (and anyone who’s ever been a teenager), can see a bit of themselves in Vee. I am inspired by teenagers – by their creativity and their quirkiness, and more than anything, by their unapologetic, energetic search for who they are. Remaining in this demographic in my career as a writer and a teacher keeps me humble and happy.”

–L. Tam Holland

 


12 June, 2012

LIES BENEATH, Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. What happens when a family of murderous mermaids seeks revenge?  Now she knows.

Lies Beneath is her first novel.